November (and June/July/August) Haul + Chicken and Cucumber Noodle Stir-Fry Recipe

With a new house renovation going on, I've been too preoccupied with home stuff to post but I still can't believe I only did a little bit in June, July, and September, which is a record for me. 

It was during the summer and mostly from Target, other than a trendy Primark shacket and black velvet cap from the Aeropostale outlet for only $1. 

Black Friday is what got me to shop again and what I got from SHEIN probably more than made up for the lack of shopping these past eight months. Other than SHEIN, I picked up a few things from H&M and Nordstrom too. 




I love the Caslon booties I bought back here so much that I decided to see if I could buy another pair of the same ones but they unfortunately didn't have my size anymore (I also just want to add that I absolutely love and often wear the thigh-high UGG boots I mentioned in that post too). However, they did have the Caslon booties in new color variations so got them both to see (the Brown unfortunately didn't have a 4.5 anymore). I also found them in a tall boot version and had to try those as well. I'm on the fence about the cream chelsea boot but am definitely keeping the tall brown ones - size 5 is unfortunately the smallest size in these so it's a bit big in both the foot and calf even though I have very wide calves but I love the fur-lining and style so much that I'm saving these for when I need to tuck loose pants in. :)

Caslon Miller Water Resistant Chelsea Boot & Caslon Mimmo Waster Resistant Boots

I wanted to order a hook from H&M for my girls' room but I needed more for free shipping so ended up checking out with a ton of stuff from their Black Friday sale. I ordered the below girls' Hooded Puffer Jacket in two sizes and ended up keeping it and giving one to my mom so we can match. :)
I ordered a ton of pants that were super cheap but the only one that wasn't too long on me were these Pull-on Lyocell-blend Pants, which I liked so much I just ordered them in another color.


All the above tops/coats are from SHEIN that are paired with the H&M pants. I actually haven't shopped at SHEIN in a really long time and the only reason I did was to get little A a pair of bunny earmuffs that she really wanted and were a steal at $2.54 since they're also super cute! I decided to browse before checking out and was shocked that so much was under $6-8 so decided to try it out since there are free returns. There was so much stuff to go through so I was shopping for a good chunk of my day even though I only looked through the sale section. I was surprised because I didn't remember them having so much sexy/raunchy stuff but there were a lot of really good girls outerwear. I did not expect to keep much since I know the quality can't be that good for the prices but I ended up keeping over half of what I got because everything was so cute and fit well since most of what I picked up were from the kid's section.

The two coats on the left were women's but the two on the right are kids.

All kids!


All women's dresses - the XS fit me well

Love love the waffle shirts on the left!

All kids :)

It felt really nice to feel dressed up again with some newness. I'm also loving the accent wall behind me, which was a labor of love by me and A :)

I haven't cooked yet in my new kitchen but here's a yummy recipe for an easy noodle dish with chicken, cucumbers, and crispy garlic that I made before and my mom really enjoyed.

CHICKEN AND CUCUMBER STIR-FRY WITH NOODLES AND CRISPY GARLIC
from Real Simple magazine June 2015 (mom likes)
Total Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients:
8 ounces linguine (1/2 box)
1/4 cup canola oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Kosher salt
6 scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths, plus additional sliced scallions for serving
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
1 English cucumber, sliced into half-moons
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Directions:
1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the garlic to paper towels with a slotted spoon. Reserve the oil.
3. Combine the chicken, cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl; toss to coat. Heat 2 tablespoons of the reserved garlic oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the chicken in an even layer. Cook, without touching, until browned on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir and cook until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
4. Add the scallions and ginger to the skillet. Cook over high heat, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken, pasta, broth, and soy sauce. Cook, stirring, until coated and hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Top with the sliced scallions and crispy garlic.
Serves 4

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "Well done is better than well said." -Benjamin Franklin

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